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Hugh Nibley Observed
“Words, Words, Words”
Hugh Nibley on the Book of Mormon
Marilyn Arnold

Marilyn Arnold

“Flannery O’Connor, a southern writer of no small reputation, was once asked how she saw her own work in relation to the writings of William Faulkner.1 She replied that no one wanted her horse and buggy stalled on the tracks the Dixie Limited was coming down. That describes my position today. If ever there was a Dixie Limited in the Latter-day Saint community, it is Hugh Nibley. And here I am, sitting on the tracks. But I don’t intend to stay here long—that I can promise.”

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